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What is Tree Cabling and Bracing?

Learn How ISA-Certified Arborists Help Extend the Life of Weak Trees

Over time, trees can grow in a manner that is structurally unsafe, posing a risk to themselves, as well as to the people and property around them. At Coastal Tree Care, we have the equipment and skills to install tree cabling and bracing systems safely and efficiently. Learn more about these tools and how they improve the longevity of your trees.

Tree Structural Support Systems for a Healthy and Safe Landscape

Trees can become week due to several reasons, including:

  • Poor branching habit
  • Genetically weak root system
  • Storm damage-caused split or cracked limbs
  • Heavy crop of fruit or nuts that adds weight to an already weak tree
  • Improper pruning in the past

An impacted root system, trunk or large limb could lead to structural failure, making the tree hazardous for your property. The potential risks include property damage, disruption of activities, personal injury or even fatalities. This is where tree cabling and bracing comes in.

Our ISA-certified arborists explain how they use these support systems to strengthen the tree’s structure and reduce the chances of falling limbs or stem failure.

Cabling: In case of weak limbs, we install high-density steel cables in the upper crown of the tree. The cables link to bolts, helping them limit the movement of the supported branches, especially during heavy winds, rain or storms. We have the technical know-how and experience to attach the cables at just the right points between the limbs. With proper placement, the limbs or trunks support each other, leading to better weight distribution and greater structural integrity of the tree.

Bracing: In case of splitting limbs, we use braces to bolt the limbs together and create additional support. Braces are essentially threaded rods, installed through unions of weak branches or multiple stems. They provide solid resistance against the twisting forces created by powerful storms, tornadoes or other severe weather conditions.

Cabling and bracing are not foolproof measures for supporting trees. There is no guarantee that the branches or limbs of your trees will not fail in the future. However, with the right materials and proper installation, you will be able to minimize structural failure and maximize the life of your trees.

Tree Cabling and Bracing is Best Done by the Professionals

Installing tree cabling and bracing systems is a complex project that requires training, skill and experience. At Coastal Tree Care, we have the expertise and necessary equipment to complete the job safely and accurately. Our ISA-certified professionals will:

  • Review the condition of your tree
  • Conduct a proper analysis to identify the structurally weak elements
  • Do selective pruning to remove excess weight, wherever possible
  • Skillfully install cabling and bracing materials that comply with industry standards

As a licensed, bonded and fully insured tree service company, we have been serving the tree care needs of properties across the San Diego area, including Pacific Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe and Coronado, CA.

For professional installation of tree cabling and bracing systems on your San Diego area property, call Coastal Tree Care at 619-847-4225. You can also contact us online to request a free estimate for your tree care requirements.

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